How to Apply for a Pan Card as an NRI

Many NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) have questions about how to apply for a PAN card.

 This blog post will explain the process of applying for a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card, which is required by the Indian government for various financial transactions. We’ll also cover who qualifies as an NRI and the documents needed to apply for the PAN card. Finally, we’ll look at what to do if your application is rejected or you need to make changes to your existing PAN card. So let’s get started!

Why is a PAN card necessary?

A PAN card is necessary for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is required by the Income Tax Department for the purpose of identification. Secondly, it is needed for financial transactions such as opening a bank account, filing taxes, etc. Thirdly, it serves as proof of identity and address. Finally, it is also required for carrying out certain types of business transactions.

The Application Process

The process for applying for a PAN Card as an NRI is similar to the process for applying for a PAN Card as a resident Indian. The main difference is that NRIs need to provide additional documentation to prove their identity and address.

To apply for a PAN Card as an NRI, you will need to:

  • Fill out an application form. You can get this form from the Income Tax Department website or from a PAN Card agent.
  • Attach two passport-sized photographs to the form.
  • Include a copy of your passport, visa, and other documents that prove your identity and address.
  • Send the completed form and supporting documents to the Income Tax Department at the address given on the form.

The Form

If you are a non-resident Indian (NRI), you can apply for a PAN card by submitting Form 49A to the Income Tax Department.

The form can be downloaded from the Income Tax Department’s website or obtained from any authorized PAN agent.

Once you have filled out the form, you will need to submit it along with proof of identity, proof of address, and a recent passport-sized photograph.


NRI can either apply for a PAN card by mail or online.

If you are applying by mail, download the PAN application form from the Income Tax Department’s website and fill it out. Include two photographs, your proof of identity and proof of address, and a Demand Draft for the application fee. Mail the completed application to the Centralized Processing Center (CPC) in Bangalore.

If you are applying online, visit the NSDL website and fill out the online application form. You will need to upload scanned copies of your documents and pay the application fee online. Once your application is processed, your PAN card will be dispatched to your Indian address.

FAQs Regarding PAN Card

  1. Who is eligible to apply for a PAN card?

Any resident or non-resident Indian individual who needs to conduct financial transactions in India can apply for a PAN card. This includes NRIs who want to open a bank account or make investments in India.

  1. How long does it take to get a PAN card?

It usually takes around 15 days to receive your PAN card once your application has been processed by the Income Tax Department of India. However, if you have applied through an intermediary such as a bank or e-

Things to Remember

There are a few things to remember when applying for a PAN card as an NRI:

  • The applicant must be a resident of India, as per the Income Tax Act.
  • The applicant must have a valid passport.
  • The application must be made on the prescribed form, along with the required documents.
  • The prescribed fee must be paid.
  • Once the application is complete, it can be submitted either online or by post to the NSDL office.


If you are a non-resident Indian (NRI), you can apply for a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card from the Income Tax Department in India. The PAN card is a 10-digit alphanumeric number that is issued by the department and is required for filing income tax returns in India.

NRIs can apply for a PAN card either online or through a paper application.

The following documents are required for applying for a PAN card:

  • Proof of identity: Passport, voter’s ID, driving license, etc.
  • Proof of address: Utility bills, bank statements, etc.
  • Photograph
  • Application fee of Rs. 93 (excluding taxes) paid through credit/debit card, demand draft, or net banking.
  • If you are applying through a paper application, you will need to enclose two passport-sized photographs with the application form.

By following these steps, NRIs can successfully apply for a PAN card and enjoy all of the benefits that come along with it.